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National Summary


Windy this afternoon, with strong and gusty northwest winds. Sunshine and squally showers too, a few wintry across the north and northeast. Winds will continue to ease through the day, but remaining blustery even into this evening. Showers will become well scattered at that point, driest all the while across southern counties. Cold, with an added wind chill effect. Highest temperatures only 5 to 8 degrees Celsius.


Westerly winds continuing to ease tonight but turning cold with a sharp frost. Generally dry with clear spells - just a few well scattered showers. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 5 degrees, coldest across the midlands, north and east. Thickening cloud may produce a little drizzle along the Atlantic coastline towards morning.


Hazy sunshine across the midlands, north and east to begin tomorrow Friday, with any frost quickly clearing. Becoming cloudy everywhere though by early afternoon with patchy rain and drizzle developing. Rather breezy at that point too, in a freshening southwest breeze. Highest temperatures 6 to 9 degrees Celsius, coolest in the north. Rain will turn that bit heavier during the evening and early night-time hours.


Headline: Very changeable and unsettled weather continuing over the weekend and throughout next week also. Turning cooler also. Friday night will be mild, misty and mostly cloudy, with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle, turning heavy in western areas by morning. becoming windy with strong southerly winds and overnight lows of 6 to 8 degrees Celsius.Saturday: Wet and windy on Saturday morning and into the afternoon with strong and gusty southerly winds and rain in all areas, heavy at times. Brighter, less windy conditions, with sunny spells and just a few scattered showers, will follow eastwards later in the afternoon and early evening. Top temperatures 10 to 12 Celsius. Saturday night will be cold, for a time, with minima of 2 to 5 Celsius and a patchy frost in places, but freshening southerly winds and increasing cloud from the Atlantic, should bring a rise in temperatures later in the night. Sunday: Windy and mostly cloudy. A few bright spells in eastern areas at first but rain, in western and northwest areas in the morning will spread to eastern areas in the afternoon and winds will increase strong and gusty southerly. Top temperatures 10 or 11 degrees Celsius. But colder, drier, less windy weather will follow overnight, with scattered showers, some wintry in western areas. Lowest temperatures zero or -1 C., with frost and some icy patches developing before dawn. Further Outlook: Early indications suggest that the early days of next week will be cold and changeable, with rain or wintry showers at times. Cold and frosty at night too, with some icy patches in places.

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Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

West-Northwest, 24 Knots, Light rain, 3 Miles, 996, Rising rapidly

Dublin Airport

West-Northwest, 27 Knots, Gust 40 Knots, Rain shower, 16 Miles, 997, Rising very rapidly

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

West-Northwest, 25 Knots, Wave ht: 3.9 m, The visibility at Tuskar is greater than 10 Miles, 1003, Rising rapidly

Roches Point Automatic

West, 24 Knots, Gust 40 Knots, Cloudy, 11 Miles, 1005, Rising

Sherkin Island Automatic

West-Northwest, 28 Knots, Gust 37 Knots, Fair, 10 Miles, 1008, Rising

Valentia Automatic

Northwest, 14 Knots, Gust 40 Knots, Recent rain, 7 Miles, 1009, Rising

Mace Head Automatic

Northwest, 27 Knots, Gust 46 Knots, Rain shower, 7 Miles, 1005, Rising rapidly

Belmullet Automatic

Northwest, 21 Knots, Gust 37 Knots, Rain shower, 5 Miles, 1003, Rising rapidly

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

West-Northwest, 34 Knots, Gust 50 Knots, Wave ht: 3.7 m, 993, Rising very rapidly

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

Report not available

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

Northwest, 26 Knots, Gust 42 Knots, Wave height not available, 1000, Rising rapidly

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

West-Northwest, 22 Knots, Gust 37 Knots, Wave ht: 5.0 m, 1013, Rising

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 0000 Friday 24 February 2017 Issued at 0000 Thursday 23 February 2017

Meteorological Situation at 2100: A rapidly deepening storm depression (Doris) 120nm west of Belmullet will track eastwards over the north of Ireland tonight, then to the North of the Isle of Man and in over northern England tomorrow morning and the gale force southwest to west flow over Ireland will veer northwesterly and moderate later.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Rossan Point to Malin Head to Fair Head

Wind: Cyclonic variable force 5 or 6 and gusty. Becoming northwest gale 8 or strong gale 9 and squally overnight. Moderating force 7 or gale 8 by early afternoon. Later decreasing force 6 and gusty.

Weather: Heavy rain, fog in places clearing to squally showers later tonight and early tomorrow morning, some wintry

Visibility: Moderate or poor, becoming good outside showers.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Fair Head to Howth Head to Carnsore Point and the Irish Sea

Wind: South to southwest gale 8 or strong gale 9 and gusty. Veering west to northwest overnight strong gale 9 to storm force 10 and squally, locally violent storm force 11 in the northeast. Decreasing force 7 or gale 8 and gusty in the afternoon, further decreasing force 5 to 7 later.

Weather: Heavy rain, fog in places clearing to squally showers later tonight and early tomorrow morning, some wintry

Visibility: Moderate or poor, becoming good outside showers.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Carnsore Point to Loop Head to Rossan Point

Wind: West to northwest gale 8 or strong gale 9 imminent, locally reaching storm force 10 on some western coasts. Moderating force 7 or gale 8 through the morning later decreasing force 6 or 7.

Weather: Heavy rain, fog in places clearing to squally showers later tonight and early tomorrow morning, some wintry

Visibility: Moderate or poor, becoming good outside showers.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 0000 Saturday 25 February 2017: Northwest winds decreasing moderate for a time, but increasing strong to gale force southerly later. Becoming fair for a time, rain spreading eastwards on Friday

Weather Warnings

Gale Warning

Gale or strong gale force west to northwest winds continuing this afternoon for all sea areas, with storm force winds for a time on the north Irish Sea.